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Darius Jago - Elder of Mbare Towang Tribe at Nagakeo, Flores, NTT.
He is one of the elder of Mbare Towang Tribe. He helped the chief to organize everything related to the mores. And he was pleased to telling stories about the origin of his tribe and relations with the other tribes in Indonesia.
"You should know about your family tree and your history as well, so you can know yourself better."
Jeremias Pah is one of the living legend in eastern Indonesia. He is a sasando master. Due to playing sasando, he’s been around major cities in the world.
Sasando is a well-known musical instrument originating from Rote Island. The main part of the sasando is a bamboo tube that serves as the frame of the instrument. The stringed bamboo tube is surrounded by a bag-like fan of dried lontar or palmyra leafs, which functions as the resonator of the instrument. With his touch, he made this traditional music instrument survive in this modern era. He adapted the old one into the electric sasando.
He grew up in artsy family. The men from his family usually make and play the sasando, while the women make weaving cloth and other crafts.
"My family has played Sasando hereditary since my great grandfather. If it isn’t me, then who else will preserve this cultural heritage. And now it’s my turn to pass it down to my son."
Baong was from Sampit’s tribe, Central Kalimantan. He migrated to Jakarta because of Sampit conflict in February 2001. It was an outbreak of inter-ethnic violence, between the indigenous Dayak people and the migrant Madurese from the island of Madura.
He broguht his 5 wives and also sorcery gift from anchestor in his tribe. Besides tarot reader, he could tell fortunes as well. Next week he will go to Singapore and Bali for helping his relation there for their fortune in business.
"Making money is an easy thing. But helping people, that’s the difficult one."